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COVID-19 Update: India

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The Indian government may overcome its COVID-19 crisis, but long-term problems of poverty and healthcare accessibility are set to persist.

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COVID-19 Early Events Timeline

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Recounting key events in China during the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Geopolitics, History, and the Post-COVID World

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We have heard chorus of commentaries in recent months that COVID-19 is a crisis that will “change the world forever.” It wouldn’t be the first time that the global order is refashioned in such a way.

Saudi Foreign Exchange Reserves Plummet amid COVID-19 Downturn

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Is the Kingdom’s dollar peg in jeopardy?

Finding a Way Forward from Minneapolis

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This wouldn’t be the first time in US history that mass protests and civil disobedience produced positive political change.

Nigeria’s Gas: Relief or Redux for the Resource Sector?

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A global crisis – this time the COVID-19 pandemic – has once again underscored the dangers of Nigeria’s economic overreliance on oil.

Africa’s Economic Challenges as It Combats COVID-19

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With the West largely absent, Africa is turning to China and Eastern Europe for help recovering from COVID-19.

Russia’s Military Modernization: Prevailing in Limited Conflicts

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Russia’s ongoing military modernization has increased the country’s conventional capabilities – but only to a point.

Washington Slow to Connect Its Blue Dot Network

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If it is ever to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Blue Dot Network has a lot of catching up to do.

How the Islamic State Fractures Afghanistan’s Peace Prospects

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Geranen, of 2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Brigade (Long Range Surveillance Detachment), engages a Taliban fighting positions with an AT4 rocket near the village of Allah Say, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael L. Casteel) www.army.mil

ISIS-K wants to undermine any Afghan peace prospects. To achieve this, ISIS-K relies on a strategy of intimidation and division.

Shame and Silence: Bacha Bazi in Afghanistan

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Detailing the abusive practice of Bacha Bazi – or ‘dancing boys’ – in Afghanistan.

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